The British Book Awards Books of the Year – 2018 shortlists

The British Book Awards Books of the Year

The British Book Awards Books of the Year – 2018 shortlists

It’s that time of year again and the shortlists for the British Book Awards (The Nibbies) are here. The seven categories include ongoing bestsellers such as David Walliams and Philip Pullman as well as the debut, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman.

“In a year that was marked by notable instances of event-publishing, some stand-out new names, and the return to form of some greats, there was also evidence of a broadening of the market, with debuts from Angie Thomas, Gill Sims and Gail Honeyman mixing it with the fiction blockbusters and the non-fiction giants. The Books of the Year shortlists reflect the strength and industry of a sector that can be both Happy and challenged. In 2017 The British book trade was valued at £1.6bn, it was the year when a lot worked.” – Philip Jones, The Bookseller

I’m happy and excited to see the inclusion of the brand new award for audiobooks of the year. I know I’m listening to more audiobooks than ever before and it looks like I’m not alone.

Take a look a look at the shortlists below and let me know who you’ll be backing when the winners are announced on Monday 14th May at Grosvenor Hous, London. I’m going to be keeping my fingers crossed for Gail Honeyman, Matt Haig, Sarah Pinborough and the team behind Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.

Books of the Year – 2018 shortlists


Fiction BOOK OF THE YEAR


The Break by Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph)
Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore (Hutchinson/Windmill)
Winter by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (Canongate)
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (Fourth Estate)
City of Friends by Joanna Trollope (Mantle)

Debut BOOK OF THE YEAR


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Viking)
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (Harper Fiction)
Sirens by Joseph Knox (Doubleday)
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (Faber & Faber)
Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims (HarperCollins)
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent (HarperCollins)

Crime & Thriller BOOK OF THE YEAR


The Midnight Line by Lee Child (Bantam Press)
The Girl Before by JP Delaney (Quercus)
The Dry by Jane Harper (Abacus)
Spook Street by Mick Herron (John Murray)
He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly (Mulholland)
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough (HarperCollins)

Children’s BOOK OF THE YEAR


Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo (Particular Books)
Oi Cat! by Kes Gray, Jim Field (Illus.) (Hodder Children’s Books)
The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris (Illus.) (Penguin Random House Children’s)
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman, Chris Wormell (Illus.) (David Fickling
books in assoc. with Penguin Random House Children’s)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Walker Books)
BAD DAD by David Walliams (Harper Collins Children’s Books)

Non-fiction: Lifestyle BOOK OF THE YEAR


Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions
by Russell Brand (Bluebird)
Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect by Fearne Cotton (Orion Spring)
5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver (Michael Joseph)
The Christmas Chronicles: Notes, stories & 100 essential recipes for midwinter by Nigel Slater
(HarperCollins)
The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to be Calm in a Busy World by Haemin Sunim
(Penguin Life)
Cooking for Family and Friends by Joe Wicks (Bluebird)

Non-fiction: Narrative BOOK OF THE YEAR


What Does This Button Do? By Bruce Dickinson (Harper Non-Fiction)
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (Bloomsbury Circus)
This is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay (Picador)
I AM, I AM, I AM: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O’Farrell (Tinder Press)
Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space by Tim Peake (Century)
The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young (Faber & Faber)

Audiobook BOOK OF THE YEAR


Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle, Narrator: Stephen Fry (Audible)
The Girl Before by J. P. Delaney, Narrators: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen (Quercus)
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, Narrator: Cathleen McCarron (HarperCollins)
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust volume one by Philip Pullman, Narrator: Michael Sheen (Penguin
Random House UK Audio)
Kid Normal by Greg James and Chris Smith, Narrators: Greg James and Chris Smith (W F Howes/Nudged
Audiobooks)
How not to be a Boy by Robert Webb, Narrator: Robert Webb (Audible Studio)

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